High School Baseball

Dunbar nabs Defenders coach

Larry Poynter, who spent the last four years rebuilding Bryan Station's baseball program, is leaving the Defenders to become the new coach at Paul Dunbar.

”It's a bittersweet deal because I've developed a lot of great relationships at Bryan Station,“ Poynter said.

”But Dunbar is one of the top five baseball schools in Kentucky, so it was a very attractive job.

”I'm excited about leading Dunbar baseball into a new chapter.“

Poynter replaces Mickey Marshall, who led the Bulldogs to state titles in 2003 and 2007. Marshall was suspended from teaching and coaching in early May pending an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct.

He has since been charged with three felony counts of theft by failure to make a required disposition over $300.

He will be arraigned next week.

Poynter, 35, was an assistant coach at Tates Creek, his alma mater, for 10 years before leaving for Bryan Station. The Defenders steadily progressed under Poynter, and posted a 15-13 record this spring, their first winning season since 2002.

”Larry's a baseball guy,“ Dunbar Athletic Director Andy Sirginnis said. ”His experience under Dom (Fucci) at Tates Creek, and turning around Bryan Station's program means he understands the requirements of coaching in Fayette County and dealing with everything.“

Poynter's dad, Larry, who was a driving force behind the construction of Tates Creek's baseball facility, will lend his son a hand at Dunbar, just as he did at Bryan Station.

”It's family, and blood is thicker than water,“ the Bulldogs' new coach said. ”Not a lot needs to be done. Dunbar's field is beautiful, but we may tweak a few things to fit my style.“

Poynter is already getting acclimated to his new school as a football assistant under Jason Howell, the Bulldogs' new head football coach.

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